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Need Any Goats? Lottery Planned to Protect Hawai‘i Island Historic Park

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To protect historic lands from invasive goats, Hawai‘i officials will distribute live goats to the public via a lottery.

Hawai‘i officials will hold the lottery as a way to remove at least 700 goats from Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, which is an important cultural and historical site on the west side of the Big Island, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

Those interested in the goats may apply for permits, which will be issued through a random lottery on July 28. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources will distribute 20 to 50 goats per permit.

Applicants must indicate how many goats they want and can't choose individual animals.

Lottery winners must have a 16-foot (4.87-meter) enclosed horse trailer or equivalent to pick up the goats so that they don't escape. A permit can be refused if a trailer isn't secured.

The historical park will close on Aug. 11 to distribute the goats. For any questions or further information, the Kamuela Division of Forestry and Wildlife office can be reached at (808) 887-6063.

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